After a two-week hiatus, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to action with UFC 179, as fight card, betting odds and MMA predictions are now available. Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will serve as the backdrop for this exciting night of fights – at least as far as the main and the co-main events are concerned.
The UFC featherweight title will be on the line Saturday night when Chad Mendez takes on longtime title-holder Jose Aldo for the second time. The first time didn’t go so well for the American, as he ended up getting knocked out in spectacular fashion by the Brazilian.
However, there’s a different perception this time around, as most handicappers believe this is Mendez’s best chance to ever beat Aldo. Nevertheless, UFC odds makers are giving the reigning champ all the respect he deserves as one of the longest running champions in MMA history.
Unless things change from now until Saturday night, Jose Aldo is listed as a -210 betting favorite over Chad Mendez’s +170 odds of an upset. Undefeated since 2005, the Brazilian is considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, while the American will try and avenge the only loss of his fighting career.
UFC 179 Predictions: Jose Aldo -210
In the UFC betting co-main event of the evening, two top-10 light-heavyweights coming off losses face off, as Glover Teixeira (-290) takes on Phil Davis (+225). After earning a title shot against Jon Jones, the Brazilian will have to climb the ladder once again, while the American will try and make up the ground he lost in the rankings when he lost by unanimous decision to Anthony Johnson last April.
As you can see, UFC oddsmakers at Bovada Sportsbook also believe that the Brazilian is the man to beat. Are Americans destined to have a bad night Saturday in Rio?
If Davis can make this a boring fight, like he normally does, he will have a legitimate chance to pull off the upset. However, with Teixeira’s takedown defense and sharp/brutal standup, I see this being a very long night for “Mr. Wonderful”.
UFC 179 Predictions: Glover Teixeira -290
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